Archive for 'Happy Horses'

SANTI SERRA meets ALEGRÍA

SANTI SERRA meets ALEGRÍA

“Never use violence for a horse to perfect its skills, but gently alternate requests and rewards, multiply compliance and reduce punishment. My horses are successful because I taught them the way for it, with love and [...]

Alegria looks for Superstars

Alegria looks for Superstars

Since 6 years Alegria has given young riders and horsemen- and women the possibility to show off their know-how in front of a large audience. Audiences in different stables across the island and the racing track [...]

Growing Healthy Kids

Growing Healthy Kids

By Unna Huijsman As the winter arrives in Ibiza with blue skies, glistening dewy fields in the morning and the blossom buds appearing in the almond trees, a new garden project for kids arises from the [...]

‘Alegria’ – The Success Story

‘Alegria’ – The Success Story

Constant dripping wears the stone – at least at Alegria, this rings true. Whoever follows the Facebook posts of Ibiza’s horsey community sees photos of horses on green fields, children riding bareback without a bridle and [...]

Alegria goes to school

Alegria goes to school

Animal welfare starts with people. Karen Sailer, director of the horse protection project Alegria is deeply convinced about this. With every abused horse, each dog chained all his life and every cat pregnant for the tenth [...]

My horse won’t go into the trailer

My horse won’t go into the trailer

Actually it’s a familiar sight. Horses ride in trailers in front of us on the road and they get in and out of them at tournaments. It’s so normal we don’t worry that horses, by nature, [...]

TOTO or How Miracles Happen

TOTO or How Miracles Happen

Toto was announced to us in April 2011 with a call from his owner. “Pick up the horse, it just won’t fatten up. I can’t use it anymore.” Looking into the 4 m2, pitch-dark concrete shed [...]

How Horses Can Help People

How Horses Can Help People

Marlon came to us in May last year. He was 15 years old, stocky build, withdrawn gaze, his arms folded in front of his chest. That’s how he stood before me. His file in the German [...]

The Nature of Horses

The Nature of Horses

When I moved to the island in 1995, I first thought, that there weren’t any horses. I drove along the country roads and saw large meadows where sheep and goats grazed, but no sign of any [...]